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Poster: SDH2O Date: Nov 15, 2006 6:37pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: OK, I'm Dead Again

Time to take a break from extraneous postings and get back to the core subject here. Here's my question to you all this fine evening: If you had to point to one moment at a show when everything came together to form an unbelievable experience that has stayed with you to this day, what would it be?. I know many will say that happened every show, and I cannot argue with that. I am, however, looking for one of the experiences that seemed to just take you to a place you had never been before. Now, the entire show itself does not necessarily itself have to be amazing, just the one moment in time when there was the perfect confluence of music, mood, people and (for many of us) various mood altering substances. For me, one experience continues to come back: Richmond 85, first night, first bars of Gloria. It seemed that I was surrounded by the pefect group of good friends, the shrooms were kicking in full force at the perfect time, and the feeling in the building was overwhelmingly electric, as if the crowd was almost expecting something different to happen that night. When everyone first realized what tune they were starting, it felt like there was a beam of intense energy hitting each individual in the crowd, drawing everyone into one mass of joy. Now, I've had similar experiences prior to that, and since, but nothing has quite matched that for absolute intensity. There may be some of you out there who were witness to Barton Hall 77 or Stephen being brought back after its long sleep, moments I would have to think stand head and shoulders above others, but since this is a personal question, your answer might not be among the more widely accepted possibilities, but please, let fly.

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Poster: ksantilli Date: Nov 16, 2006 7:35am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: OK, I'm Dead Again

Easy one for me, my first show-Sept. 81 Cap Centre, hooked me but when I saw a Dark Star-Hampton 89- my life changed. These shows may not be the calibur of '77 shows... BUT I WAS THERE!!!!!!!!

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Poster: grendelschoice Date: Nov 16, 2006 10:46am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: OK, I'm Dead Again

Nice thread! I know the feeling , so:

August, 1985, Manor Downs, Texas. Dancing under a star-lit sky in the Texas heat, having just "kindly" primed for the start of the 2nd set,
the boys open with Terrapin, and a feeling of warmth (internal, not from
thesultry TX weather) spread throughout my body and mind--and if I concentrate real hard I swear I can recall twinges of it to this day),
andas the song blossomed towards the powerful coda, and Jerry opened up onthe jam, I found myself literally leaping into the air and dancing w/far
more abandon that i normally did (it helped that I was w/friends towardsthe rear of the field where there was lots of space but still greatsound), and i just could not stop grinning from ear to ear....it was
oneof those quintessential show moments, when you are completely and whollyIN the moment, and nothing seems to exist outside of that gorgeous music that lifts the soul to dizzying heights.

There were many similar instances over the years (I will never forget
myfirst show 1-11-79 at Nassau; I had only heard jack Straw from europe '72,which was fine, but when they opened up the jam during that show, I felt
scared and thrilled beyond belief all at the same time...it was that
verymoment that it clicked for me, and I never looked back)...

but the weird thing about that manor Downs Terrapin experience is that itwas SO profound and beautiful, that I've been wary of going back listen to
it again, for fear that it can't possibly live up to that "being there"moment...of course, it can't.

Maybe it's time i did, though. 8-31-85, I think it was.

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Poster: SDH2O Date: Nov 16, 2006 10:23am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: OK, I'm Dead Again

When you say that you are hesitant to go back and listen to that show for fear of tarnishing what is obviously a very special memory, I am in total agreement. With regards to that Richmond show and the Gloria, I had managed to avoid listening to any tapes for the exact same reason; that was until the Dicks Picks came out. I figured this would have to be good, so I listened. I cannot tell you of the profound dissapointment when the Gloria began. I have since blocked that out and regained the original memory that the moment produced, but I should have known better and will remember that in the future: be careful trying to relive those moments that were then so incredibly special, for no recording can ever recreate that feeling.

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Poster: bluedevil Date: Nov 16, 2006 10:31am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: OK, I'm Dead Again

I'm the exact same way re the Richmond show. But then again, it's hard for a recording to capture the feeling of jumping up and down with 1000s of other heads screaming at the top of our lungs in one huge group release.

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Poster: SDH2O Date: Nov 16, 2006 10:42am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: OK, I'm Dead Again

That is my clearest visual memory of that show: the entire stadium hopping and bopping in perfect unison with the music. Who says white folks aint got rhythm?

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Poster: grendelschoice Date: Nov 16, 2006 10:04am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: OK, I'm Dead Again

Hey, that Warlocks show is nothing to sneeze at...I would think being at that show (I so wish I had been) would equal any majestic moment of any year you could pick.

One of those moments (I imagine) when the Dead would say "Gotcha!" and the surprise mixes with the thrill of realizing you're seeing a major re-break-out of arguably their most iconoclastic (to the core 'heads anyway) song.

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Poster: gdave Date: Nov 16, 2006 1:57pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: OK, I'm Dead Again

Another great thread. Thanks to everyone for keeping me entertained.

4-2-89 Pittsburgh. Two friends and I had floor tickets a little bit in front of the board. We went in early because it was cold, so we were unaware of the gate-crashing until after the show. We hung out near our seats for a half hour or so before the show. The place gradually filled up. Then somehow, miraculously, when the lights went out a whole bunch of folding chairs in our area disappeared. Even more miraculously, this did not cause a crush of people to fill the void, so we had this large open area to share with a few other people who were near us. Basically, we had our own large space to dance with fantastic loud sound. Then the band played one of the hottest, most danceable shows I ever attended with a great Shakedown, Aiko, MNS, GDTRFB and more. Every song that night was upbeat and we had an absolutely amazing time.

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Poster: lobster12 Date: Nov 15, 2006 7:44pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: OK, I'm Dead Again

Latter day dead. The sat and Sun show at Shoreline Sept 94. Always loved the venue so I went up yet again. The summer Shoreline gigs were subpar and the band was pretty uninspired at this point. The Sat show is good and I'm enjoying myself until STELLA BLUE. I call a frined after the show and say, "I saw the Stella Blue of the decade." There are a lot of 94's that people love because of Jer's passionate reading of " oh stella blue" but this one is so amazing because the last 2 1/2 mins is Jer's guitar. it builds and builds. Then the sunday show. Again, very good and having a ball until SO MANY ROADS. I have never seen a No. Cal crowd, especially outdoors, erupt after in this manner upon completion. I had a huge smile on my face from this weekend, unfortunately, it was short-lived when they got to LA in Dec.

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Poster: itsupuu Date: Nov 15, 2006 11:04pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: OK, I'm Dead Again

4/23/77, Springfield. Well into the first set, in a post-Scarlet jam, and I start to pick up strains of something new, but familiar at the same time...

[historic perspective: I'd been collecting tapes for about 3 years, and one that stuck out as different was Mickey rapping Fire on the Mountain; I'd always liked that one, liked the rhythm]

...anyways, I'm just riding the jam, letting the band take me wherever they choose, when I sense the shift into my first live Fire! I can still feel the joy of that moment, can still remember dancing with my eyes closed and head back, surrendering to the music. Words can't capture it.

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Now, roll forward 19 years to the summer of '96. I'm with my kids at an outdoor JGB show in Portland, standing up and holding my 5-year-old daughter so she can see. I'm listening to a jam develop, just starting to think about where it might be headed, when my daughter says "Daddy, is this Fire on the Mountain?" (she was right!) I'm not sure what the message is supposed to be there, but you gotta love it!

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Poster: AshesRising Date: Nov 16, 2006 2:50am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: OK, I'm Dead Again

1981-02-07, Jerry Garcia Band, late show (Orpheum, Boston) - I was admitted into the hospital on Sunday, Feb. 1, and promptly told every doctor, nurse and janitor that I was walking out the door on Saturday night by 5:00pm 'cuz I had tickets to see Jerry. They laughed at me and said, "You'll be lucky if you get out of here in two weeks." Obviously they were not into the Dead or Jerry or understood the power of our conviction.
Saturday, Feb. 7, 1981, 5:00pm I slip out of my room, put on street clothes in the stairwell, and get to the first show in plenty of time. Decent, not great. Late show: find out I have tickets in the fourth row almost directly in front of Jerry -- he walks out on stage, the woman sitting beside me hands me what I thought was a nice fat joint --- just a couple of puffs was enough for the condition I was in -- start feeling a nice warmth and realize that it may have been more than just reefer. Third or fourth song is "Mission in the Rain" and I am presented with the most beautiful vision of the highest level of what "walking along in the Mission" could possibly mean. I sat there in pure Grace for what seemed like forever. -- Get back to the hospital; don't even care about changing my clothes or whatever, the first nurse that sees me is in a panic and asks, "Where have you been????' My answer: "Walking along in the mission in the rain." She didn't ask a follow-up. --- AshesRising

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Poster: Arbuthnot Date: Nov 16, 2006 6:32am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: OK, I'm Dead Again

Beautiful memory Ashes ... thank you.

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Poster: William Tell Date: Nov 15, 2006 7:36pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: OK, I'm Dead Again

28 Sep 1975: What can be better than the Dead in the Park? Truckin' just did it for me that day as that's when we approached the stage...later found out my older brother was at the show though we never saw each other. With a great group of people, one of whom passed away last year, but I'll never forget that show (even if it wasn't of my 'golden era,' 68-71).

No specific stories...that's it.

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Poster: Liamfinnegan Date: Nov 15, 2006 9:57pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: OK, I'm Dead Again

I have a few of these orgasmic moments- The first I can remember was Meadowlands 87- The night they broke out Dancin as the first set opener only to retire it for good after that night- I believe it was a Dancin-Franklins- and I was hitting on a nitrous balloon when the song started- bamm

Also at the meadowlands- 4/1/88- awesome Deal being played- the arena back then had speakers in the hallway- I was roaming and listening and found a pocket of twirlers- I joined in as the song went up in intensity- and then during the last solo jerry inverts the line he has playing and brings it up an octave and the energy wave is enormous and I knew I had just heard one of the most amazing versions of this oft played song- historic in my opinion.

He's gone- the first one after Brent - Philly spectrum- mass sadness and mass gladness the band was still here- damn I cry too much on this forum- and dire- when I say it I do mean it- I am a scorpio- water sign after all,,,,

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